Valentine’s Day is sweet on its own, but you can make it even better with a sugar rush. These cakes and cupcakes will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially when shared.
1. We Heart Cake
Gold sequins, straight stripes and inset hearts topped with sugar flowers — there’s a lot to love about this tiered dessert. Whatever you do, don’t shy away from the luster dust!
2. Cosmic Love
While you’ll first cover this cake in white fondant, you’ll bust out the airbrush to bring in all those cosmically beautiful colors. And don’t worry about that black gum paste silhouette — it’s made with a cookie cutter, so there’s no detailed molding required.
3. Hidden Heart
While this looks like a run-of-the-mill vanilla cake on the outside, make one slice and you’re greeted with a beautiful rainbow heart. Yep, your guests will be wowed.
4. Sign of Love
Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean everything has to be red, pink and lacy. Take an unorthodox approach to your holiday dessert by sculpting a giant “I love you” hand from modeling chocolate.
5. An Anti-Valentine
Sometimes, love hurts. So gather your friends and feast from a very anti-Valentine’s Day cake. We promise it still tastes sweet, especially with fresh strawberries hidden between each layer.
6. Swan-derful Feathers
These stunning feathers are made from dried candy melts and secured with melted white chocolate. Sprinkle in a few edible pearls and hearts and you’ve got a beautiful cake creation.
7. Simple Hearts
There’s something gorgeous about simplicity. With a few beginner-friendly carving steps, you can decorate this cake in under an hour.
8. Edible Love Letters
Send a love note written in fondant — it’s much sweeter than a store-bought card. Just note this design is small, so you need the right tools to be precise. But the payoff is delicious and oh-so-worth it.
9. A Box of Chocolates — As a Cupcake
Put a fun spin on the traditional box of chocolates by making ’em in fondant. These cupcakes are basically dessert inception, so anyone who receives them is sure to be pleased.
10. Ruffled Fondant Florals
Whether you’re baking a cake or cupcakes, you want to make sure to bring the blooms. Use a ball tool to sculpt these ruffles into simple circles, then let dry and decorate the center — it really is that easy.
11. Love Machine
Flex your fondant sculpting skills and teach a robot to love. This project work best as a stand-alone cake topper or paired with simpler fondant pieces, and you’ll have a blast paying attention to all the little details.
12. Spray of Hearts
This cake is quite literally bursting with love. It’s a simple fondant project, is a fun way to top any cake, and you can make a whole rainbow if you’re feeling extra colorful.
13. Heart Skips a Beat
Your Valentine’s heart will jump when they see these cute toppers. And with two designs to choose from, it’s easy to add variety to your batch of cupcakes. (Bonus points if you pair ’em with pink strawberry buttercream).
14. Conversation Heart Cupcakes
There’s no better way to say “I love you” than by writing it out on little fondant hearts. These treats are sweeter than traditional conversation hearts — though you could totally make those, too.
15. ‘I Heart Ewe’
Craft these sheepish fondant toppers for the pun-lover in your life. Not only will your Valentine be impressed by your modeling skills, but you’ll get a few laughs, too.